In Memory of my Dear Friend

by Chossid January. 11, 2010 11261 views

Dear Pesha Leah, just over a year ago I walked you to the chupa, the marriage canopy. You seemed so happy, with your life before you. Last night a tractor trailer skidded out of control and overturned on top of your vehicle, which was returning from a wedding you'd gone to, to make the bride happy, snuffing out your life immediately. I am empty. I don't have words. I re-read your poems, and try to take comfort from your words. Like a beautiful young rosebud, you were picked too early.

A Rose: The Endurance of Beauty

A rose is a special gift with which this world was blessed,
Although it’s just a flower it differs from the rest.
It’s known as nature’s ultimate beauty and allure,
Yes, the rose represents splendor that will endure.

Yet amongst sharp and piercing thorns, it grows,
Thorns which are likely to tear apart the delicate rose.
They are close at hand and threaten to overcome,
Still the rose is strong, to the thorns it won’t succumb.

Uninfluenced, unharmed by the roughness that surrounds.
Amongst the treacherous thorns, the rose is crowned,
It’s a rose in essence, and that will never change,
Despite the various challenges, a rose it will remain.

We are compared to roses, our essence, so very pure,
And just like the roses, our splendor can and will endure.
Often faced with thorn-like challenges that might hurt,
We, like the precious rose, will always rise above the dirt.

Remaining uninfluenced by the words that others might say,
We will not allow thorns threaten to take our beauty away.
Though they might surround us and tempt us to change,
We are strong; our graciousness is not to be exchanged.

Choosing to remain exquisite, both inside and out,
We stay strong and focused on what our mission is about:
All our talents and energies, we will continue to give,
To change the world into a more beautiful place to live!

(Written February 20, 2008)
Dedicated to my roses - my students,
may you continue to blossom and bring much beauty to the world.
Written in appreciation to those who taught me how to endure the thorns.
Dedicated to the future,
in which I will (continue to) focus on the roses/beauty in life.

Pesha Leah Azoulay

Dear Pesha Leah, we were blessed with knowing you for such a short time, but your beauty – your goodness will surely endure.

What Happens?

What happens when the rug is pulled
from beneath your feet,
do you stumble and fall?

What happens when all you know
is not the way it was,
do you still stand tall?

What happens when you lose strength
with no strength to keep walking,
will you still crawl?

What happens when you err
by taking a wrong turn,
do you feel small?

What happens when you hear
your inner voice beckons,
do you follow that call?

What happens when challenge
is standing in your way,
do you scale that wall?

What happens when you want
to make everything make sense,
can you fix it all?

What happens when you realize
that you're not in charge,
don't you recall?

Hashem* runs this hall.

(*Hashem, or The Name, is the way we refer to G-d.)

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Finbarr 10 years, 4 months ago

l am so sorry to hear about your friend !! wonderful post

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Sara G 10 years, 4 months ago

Adding my condolences for your loss of this wonderful friend and poet..Very touching poem and memorial :-(

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Sandra Vermeulen 10 years, 4 months ago

Leah, there are no words for your comfortingright now,
time will have to try hard to give this grief a place in your life.
What we can do is always be there for you, if you need a listening ear, someone to cheer you up, someone to cry with you, ...
We will always be close to your hart sweet Leah!!

Heartfelt condolences to your deep loss,

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Jennye 10 years, 4 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss Leah!!!!
This is a beautiful tribute!!

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Marsha 10 years, 4 months ago

So sad to hear about the loss of your friend. This is a touching tribute....her poetry shows what a beautiful person she was.

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Eiram Marie 10 years, 5 months ago

I am so sorry...wonderful tribute..

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Lynn 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend...a wonderful tribute to her.

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Christa 10 years, 5 months ago

So sad to know that a so young life is lost.
Lovely and sorrowful tribute.

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Tomie Poodle 10 years, 5 months ago

terrible news...i'm so sorry. she knows you loved her!
thank you for your congrats on my FP...

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Birthe Vikoren 10 years, 5 months ago

Deepest sympathy in your loss.
You made a lovley post.

10 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jan Eljapa 10 years, 5 months ago

So sorry for your lost, what to say...

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Saso63 10 years, 5 months ago

This is very tragic....... You have a sad and touching memories ... :((

10 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 10 years, 5 months ago

I am very sorry you have lost a dear friend.

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